Character Analysis Of Hale In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Society has placed great significance on the educated. Nowadays, if you wear a lab coat and a few fancy metal instruments your place in society skyrockets and the amount of trust placed upon you is much greater than on any other person. The beliefs of that educated person can and will be followed by the large populus who is not as smart or has less of a concentration on that area of expertise. This knowledge you look to contain is something that causes others to look up to you, you will have a larger influence on people. Because of this extra attention, most, if not all, your actions will be scrutinized all the more heavily. This extra scrutiny can result in more negative opinions made for you. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a man …show more content…
As he reached Proctor’s home, he explained his night’s activities “I go from house to house- I come from Rebecca Nurse’s house” (2. 460). Elizabeth is understandable upset at this proclamation, as Rebecca Nurse is only but a sweet old woman who has helped the people of Salem in the past. Hale then goes on to explain that he doesn’t know everyone in Salem personally, so he went to meet them. Easily proving that he does not immediately believe everything he sees, and that he is not quick to judge. He has sympathy for the many women and men who have been called out as witches. Later in the play, after he found, what he believed, to be sufficient evidence, he condemned Rebecca Nurse to the gallows, although not guiltlessly. Another reason he is most definitely a character of ultimate sympathy is because he does feel fear and shame; he does not want to kill without reason. He fights for the innocence of many in The Crucible “I’ll not conceal it, my hands shakes yet as if with a wound! I pray you, sir, this argument let lawyers present to you” (3. 525). He shows a kind heart when fighting for the innocence of the condemned girl. Hale shows immense support of the women who had been falsely …show more content…
When in court, Hale is asked to condemn more women, but as he had watched Salem and, more importantly, the people inside the small town, he grew to make his own assumptions about the town and the people. When asked another time to sign off the life of yet another woman, he exclaims “I am a minister of the lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it” (4.343). As he said this, Hale shows genuine fear and sympathy for the people he wants to save. Hale refuses to let there be even a doubt that the women he is sentencing is guilty, and therein shows his more caring side towards the women. Yet again, when the judge tries to overrule Hale, he gets very frustrated “It is a lie! They [the women] are innocent” (4. ). When confronted with information of the “witches” he chooses to fight for their innocence in order to save their

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